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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
10 Discontinued Snacks

10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because - ugh - who didn’t want to loosen... 
Comic-con Kid

9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
2013 Commercials

Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Freedom Pants

Alright, look. I’m going to be completely up-front about this: I don’t hate cargo pants. But what I do hate is when someone trying to make dads look good makes them look bad. And in a well-meaning Kickstarter for “Freedom Pants”, a by-dad-for-dad pair of cargo pants, dad isn’t looking good at all.

Dad actually looks like a homophobic womanizer. But he’s got plenty of pockets for diapers and divorce papers, so that’ll be helpful.

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Beer & Coffee IVF

If you and your partner are considering in vitro fertilization, you might want to cut back on the coffee and have a beer. But not two beers. That’d just decrease your chances of conceiving, according to a recent study.

But you knew this already because you, dear reader, were at “the premier reproductive medicine meeting of the year“, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual. It was held October 18-22 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but again, you knew that.

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In-Network Doctor

One of the most terrifying things about growing up is balancing health. And becoming a dad, you are all of the sudden in charge of another person’s life: your child’s. So while worrying about your kid’s health, it’s natural to kind of forget about your own.

And that’s what’s terrifying me about getting older. I’ve hit the age where my friends and I have more frequent conversations about whose mother or father had died, or which of my graduating class (1998!) was the first to have a heart attack. I’ve got an incredible group of friends, online and off – and it terrifies me when I more frequently hear about them “hitting that age” where health is starting to catch up with them. I wonder when it’ll catch up with me.

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sleep level dad

According to a recent study in the United Kingdom, over half of dads will fake sleep so that they don’t have to get up in the middle of the night for kid duty.

Trigger warning for those parents who love sleep and/or their partners, obvi.

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time circuits off

When you become a parent, there are a lot of little things that you lose – sleep, personal freedoms, the ability to use the bathroom without the threat of unflattering household commentary afterwards — but, the one thing I didn’t expect to have ripped away from me when I became a dad was my steadfast belief in the overall awesomeness of time travel.

But that’s exactly what happened. I absolutely hate time travel now. The very idea makes me shudder.

And it’s all my daughter’s fault.

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TMNT cartoon

You’ve read by now that this last weekend was the first weekend in America in over 50 years without the traditional Saturday Morning Cartoons. Tears were had all over Facebook, and everyone declared that the terrorists won.

And while everyone went bananas, my son and I watched cartoons. On Saturday morning, even.

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Fruit Fly Sex

If you found yourself playing “Baby Looks Like” bingo and had that one square you couldn’t stamp, it might be because you didn’t add “my spouse’s ex-boyfriend” to the card. Turns out that a recent study found that maybe – just maybe – your baby inherited some of their looks from an old notch on mom’s bedpost.

This study out of the University of New South Wales has it all: sperm, sex, doubt, fear, and past lovers. Oh, and fruit flies. And because of that, I guess, no technical link to human babies, but let’s not mire in the details here, people.

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BTTF Car

A British dude by the name of Steve Wickenden is making sure his daughter gets to school (dot dot dot) on time. His almost-exact replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine turns heads while driving his eight year old daughter, Molly, to school.

“We certainly turn a few heads,” Wickenden told The Daily Mail. “There are always people waving and beeping at us when we drive past. There certainly isn’t anyone else at the school gates with a flux capacitor.”

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